Anxiety is body’s way of dealing with stressful situations, threatening conditions. It is like an automatic alarm clock that goes on when you deal with any of these situations.
Is anxiety always bad, No not always
In fact, anxiety can help you to react quickly, enhance your performance, make you commit fewer errors and motivate you to face ordeals. But when anxiety is overwhelming, it interferes with performance, activities, social interaction, makes you dysfunctional that is the time to seek help. This is when productive anxiety becomes an anxiety disorder.
Take this simple questionnaire to find out if you are suffering from anxiety disorder.
If you answer any of these questions as yes then you are suffering from pathological anxiety
Signs and symptoms of anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorder symptoms are different for different people. Some people get nervous while going to social gatherings. some may be anxious about speaking in public, some may be preoccupied with worries at all time, some about the health of their close once.
But all anxiety disorders share one common symptom, abnormal intense fear or worry in conditions where others wouldn’t react like that.
Other symptoms of anxiety
Another common symptom associated with anxiety is depression, most anxious people are susceptible to getting it, and so the treatment for depression should be initiated along with treatment of anxiety.
How to control your anxiety
If anxiety has started to take a toll on your life, you have started to become dysfunctional then seek medical and psychological help.
Anxiety disorder responds well to treatment. Modality of treatment depends upon the severity and type of anxiety disorder. Generally treatment is a combination of medication, behavioral therapy.
Behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders
Medication for anxiety disorders
A large variety of medications, including benzodiazepines and antidepressants, are used in the treatment of anxiety. Medication may sometimes be used for short-term to deal with severe anxiety symptoms and make receptive to psychological treatment.